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Air Force beats South Alabama 45-21 in Arizona Bowl

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Air Force could not get its usually reliable triple option rolling. South Alabama's defenders clogged the inside lanes and used their speed to keep the Falcons from getting to the edge.

Air Force countered by going to the air, something it rarely does.

Arion Worthman threw for 207 yards to balance out Air Force's run-heavy offense, Jacobi Owens scored two touchdowns and the Falcons overcame a sluggish start to beat South Alabama 45-21 in Arizona Bowl on Friday.

''They really were committed to the run and force us to throw,'' said Worthman, who also had 71 yards on 21 carries. ''We were able to hit some passes early and throughout the entire game.''

Air Force (10-3) struggled to get its triple-option going, falling into an 18-point first-half hole. Once the Falcons got rolling, they couldn't be stopped, scoring 42 straight points to turn it into a rout.

Worthman was the trigger, jump-starting Air Force's option while completing 7 of 10 passes, including a 75-yard touchdown to Jalen Robinette to open the second half.

The surprise contribution from Worthman - he had 339 total yards entering Friday - caught the Jaguars off-guard and opened up the run game a little more for the Falcons.

''They did some things in the passing game that we didn't see coming into the game,'' South Alabama linebacker Darrell Songy said. ''We just needed to adjust better during the game.''

South Alabama (6-7) appeared to be headed toward its first bowl win after jumping on the Falcons early, starting with Dallas Davis' 75-yard touchdown pass to Josh Magee on the game's first play.

The Jaguars couldn't sustain their early offensive success or stop the Falcons to lose a bowl game for the second time in three seasons.

Davis threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, but also had an interception and lost a fumble. Magee had five catches for 154 yards.

''I told the kids in the locker room that we've been a Division I program for four years and we're not where you want to be yet,'' South Alabama coach Joey Jones said ''But they pushed the cart way up the hill today.''

South Alabama landed the first blows by hitting a few long passes.

Davis followed his opening TD throwing by hitting Chris Lewis on a 51-yard pass to set up Dami Ayoola's 2-yard TD run. Davis next found Magee on a 37-yard pass, then scored himself on a 4-yard run that put the Jaguars up 21-3.

South Alabama also seemed to have the combination for stopping Air Force's tricky triple-option, the Falcons to a pair of field goals into the second quarter.

''They shocked us to a degree,'' Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. ''No matter how well you try to prepare, their speed in the open field and their defensive front knocked us on our heels a little, too.''

Air Force finally unlocked its option late in the half after hitting a couple of mid-range passes. Ronald Cleveland scored on 14-yard run , then Owens on a 2-yard run after Santo Coppola returned Davis' fumble to 1-yard line.

Once down 21-3, Air Force found itself at halftime after converting the 2-point conversion .

The Falcons took their first lead by doing exactly what South Alabama did to open the game: a 75-yard TD pass on the first play of the second half, from Worthman to Robinette.

Tyler Williams later took a pitch left to the pylon for a 6-yard TD and Owens scored on a 22-yard run to put Air Force up 45-21, well on its way to ending the season with a victory.

THE TAKEAWAY

Air Force is typically dominant running team, but had a nice balance in the Arizona Bowl to win 10 games for the second time in three seasons.

South Alabama was unable to hit long passes after its initial first-half flurry and fell short of its first winning season in four years as a Division I program.

SPECTACULAR CATCH THAT WASN'T

Robinette finished with 124 yards on two catches, but one catch that didn't count - it was called back was the best play of the night by either team.

Despite being tightly covered, he snagged the ball one handed for an apparent touchdown. Instead, it was called back for an illegal man downfield penalty.

UP NEXT

South Alabama will get Davis back and several defensive starters next season, but will have to replace tight end Gerald Everett and receiver Tyrone Williams, two of its best playmakers.

Air Force will have plenty of holes to fill after losing the largest senior class in school history of 32 players.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:12
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
45
Touchdown 9:12
28-J.Owens runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
53
yds
05:48
pos
21
44
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:03
11-L.Strebel 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
-6
yds
02:59
pos
21
38
Point After TD 6:35
11-L.Strebel extra point is good. Penalty on SAB 20-R.Allen Offside declined.
plays
yds
pos
21
35
Touchdown 6:35
12-T.Williams runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
15
plays
86
yds
05:46
pos
21
34
Point After TD 14:42
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 14:42
2-A.Worthman complete to 9-J.Robinette. 9-J.Robinette runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
75
yds
00:18
pos
21
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 0:25
2-A.Worthman complete to 9-J.Robinette. 9-J.Robinette to SAB End Zone for 1 yard. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
21
Touchdown 0:25
28-J.Owens runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
3
plays
5
yds
00:35
pos
21
19
Point After TD 1:49
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
13
Touchdown 1:49
4-R.Cleveland runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
35
yds
01:43
pos
21
12
Field Goal 6:34
11-L.Strebel 22 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
18
yds
04:01
pos
21
6
Point After TD 10:41
89-G.Patterson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
3
Touchdown 10:41
11-D.Davis runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
64
yds
01:59
pos
20
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:08
89-G.Patterson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
3
Touchdown 6:08
4-D.Ayoola runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
75
yds
02:57
pos
13
3
Field Goal 9:05
11-L.Strebel 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
-3
yds
05:37
pos
7
3
Point After TD 14:49
89-G.Patterson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 14:49
11-D.Davis complete to 1-J.Magee. 1-J.Magee runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
75
yds
00:11
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 13 24
Rushing 6 14
Passing 7 6
Penalty 0 4
3rd Down Conv 3-8 5-13
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-1
Total Net Yards 327 478
Total Plays 47 73
Avg Gain 7.0 6.5
Net Yards Rushing 68 253
Rush Attempts 21 63
Avg Rush Yards 3.2 4.0
Net Yards Passing 259 225
Comp. - Att. 10-26 7-10
Yards Per Pass 10.0 22.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-14 4-18
Penalties - Yards 9-71 5-25
Touchdowns 3 5
Rushing TDs 2 4
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 1-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 5-37.0 2-36.5
Return Yards 51 44
Punts - Returns 1-5 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 4-46 2-44
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 3/3 7/7
Extra Points 3/3 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 3/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
South Alabama 6-7 1470021
Air Force 10-3 31817745
259 PASS YDS 225
68 RUSH YDS 253
327 TOTAL YDS 478
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Davis 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
41.7% 245 1 1 132.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.7% 2706 11 12 125.4
D. Davis 10/24 245 1 1
C. Garvin 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.7% 463 4 1 133.0
C. Garvin 0/2 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
X. Johnson 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 44 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
151 831 10
X. Johnson 4 44 0 34
D. Ayoola 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 32 1
D. Ayoola 8 32 1 13
C. Garvin 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 13 0
C. Garvin 1 -3 0 -3
D. Davis 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 -5 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
91 245 3
D. Davis 8 -5 1 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Magee 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 154 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
49 822 5
J. Magee 5 154 1 75
C. Lewis 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 51 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 51 0
C. Lewis 1 51 0 51
T. Williams 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 333 1
T. Williams 2 37 0 24
K. Kutchera 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 532 1
K. Kutchera 1 9 0 9
G. Everett 12 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
G. Everett 0 0 0 0
D. Ayoola 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -6 0
D. Ayoola 1 -6 0 -6
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Songy 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
14-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-2 0 0.0
D. Songy 14-2 0.0 0
D. Earl 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 1.0
D. Earl 8-1 1.0 0
R. Allen 20 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
R. Allen 7-1 1.0 0
J. Reaves 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 3 0.0
J. Reaves 7-1 0.0 0
R. Buchanan 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
R. Buchanan 6-0 0.0 0
C. Milner 26 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
C. Milner 3-0 2.0 0
N. Robinson 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
N. Robinson 3-0 0.0 0
F. Middleton 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
F. Middleton 2-0 0.0 0
J. Thompson 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 4 0.0
J. Thompson 2-1 0.0 0
T. Turner 12 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Turner 2-0 0.0 0
B. Barge 8 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Barge 1-0 0.0 0
S. Brown 74 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Brown 1-0 0.0 0
S. Grayer 17 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
S. Grayer 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Patterson 89 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
10/16 42/42
G. Patterson 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. McKee 39 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 44.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
48 44.5 1
B. McKee 4 44.3 1 52
C. Waitman 87 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 8.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
17 36.5 0
C. Waitman 1 8.0 0 8
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
X. Johnson 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 11.5 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 21.8 15 1
X. Johnson 4 11.5 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Ayoola 4 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
D. Ayoola 1 5.0 5 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70% 207 1 0 276.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70% 207 1 0 276.9
A. Worthman 7/10 207 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Owens 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 74 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 74 2
J. Owens 17 74 2 22
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 71 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 71 0
A. Worthman 21 71 0 29
T. Williams 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 42 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
48 270 6
T. Williams 8 42 1 20
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 41 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 41 0
T. McVey 3 41 0 29
R. Cleveland 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 17 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 17 1
R. Cleveland 2 17 1 14
P. Wilson 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
P. Wilson 2 7 0 5
D. Johnson 3 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
150 622 2
D. Johnson 7 5 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Robinette 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 124 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 124 1
J. Robinette 2 124 1 75
T. Williams 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 66 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 136 0
T. Williams 3 66 0 28
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 17 0
T. McVey 2 17 0 10
Defense T-A SACK INT
W. Steelhammer 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
W. Steelhammer 5-0 0.0 1
J. Washington 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
J. Washington 3-0 0.0 0
L. Deeks 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
L. Deeks 3-0 0.0 0
R. Watson 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Watson 2-0 0.0 0
C. Alexander III 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Alexander III 2-0 0.0 0
H. Dunn Jr. 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
H. Dunn Jr. 2-0 1.0 0
B. Hicks 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 4 0.0
B. Hicks 2-0 0.0 0
G. Ross 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
G. Ross 2-0 1.0 0
H. Linn 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
H. Linn 1-0 0.0 0
J. Onyechi 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Onyechi 1-0 0.0 0
P. Healy 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Healy 1-0 0.0 0
R. Ladipo 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
R. Ladipo 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
L. Strebel 11 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 4/4
SEASON FG XP
3/3 4/4
L. Strebel 3/3 37 4/4 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Brosy 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 36.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 36.5 0
S. Brosy 2 36.5 0 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Driskell 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 20.3 21 0
B. Driskell 1 21.0 21 0
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
T. McVey 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SALA 25 0:11 2 75 TD
9:05 SALA 25 2:57 7 75 TD
1:07 SALA 24 0:41 2 14
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SALA 38 0:57 3 58
12:40 SALA 41 1:59 6 59 TD
6:34 SALA 25 3:02 6 2 Punt
1:49 SALA 25 0:49 2 -19
0:20 SALA 17 0:00 1 7
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:36 SALA 19 2:15 5 12 Punt
6:30 SALA 12 1:28 3 7 Punt
1:59 SALA 18 0:44 3 11 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:12 SALA 25 2:22 6 0 Punt
2:50 SALA 43 1:03 3 -3 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:42 AF 38 5:37 11 -3 FG
6:08 AF 25 5:01 9 30 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:03 AF 4 1:23 3 8 Punt
10:35 AF 27 4:01 9 69 FG
3:32 SALA 35 1:43 6 35 TD
1:00 SALA 1 0:35 3 1 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AF 25 0:18 1 75 TD
12:21 AF 25 5:46 15 75 TD
5:02 AF 41 2:59 6 -6 FG
1:15 AF 31 0:41 2 11
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AF 42 5:48 10 58 TD
6:50 AF 23 4:00 7 44
1:47 AF 19 1:27 3 -4